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Scotland-India research collaboration delivers clean water for primary schools

Primary school students will benefit from wastewater treatment and clean water at their school in India thanks to a joint project led by the James Hutton Institute and funded by the Scottish Government.

While visiting India, Scotland's Deputy First Minister John Swinney welcomed the pioneering sanitation system to improve conditions for 206 pupils and 10 staff at Berambadi Primary School in Karnataka.

Views sought on local issues and quality of life in Scottish communities

Social scientists of the James Hutton Institute and Scotland's Rural College are seeking people’s views about wellbeing, local issues and quality of life in Scottish communities, in a drive to improve currently-available data and inform policy development and implementation.

Jonathan Hopkins, a researcher of the Institute's Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group in Aberdeen, said: "The size of the ‘evidence base’ required for place-based policy in Scotland could be very large, as a wide range of issues affect people and society.

Fungi’s lost data being found thanks to Species Hypothesis

There is no generally agreed upon, up-to-date system for fungal classification, with several different, partly incompatible classification systems used across many mycological resources. This confusion is partly due to the vast number of unidentifiable fungal species that are recovered in any molecular analysis of environmental samples. The DNA sequence database (UNITE) has created the concept of Species Hypothesis (SH) with a view to linking and communicating data representing this dark taxonomy.

East Ayrshire farmer wins Nature of Scotland Food and Farming Award

John Dalziel, of Common Farm in East Ayrshire, has picked up the Nature of Scotland 2018 Food and Farming Award, sponsored by the James Hutton Institute, for his efforts to integrate wildlife conservation into his successful farming system and his work with partners to restore peatlands, create wetlands and conserve curlews.

The award was presented by Professor Colin Campbell, Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute, at a ceremony held at the Edinburgh Sheraton Grand Hotel with 48 finalists and more than 330 guests in attendance.

James Hutton Institute welcomes Tay Cities Deal funding boost

The James Hutton Institute has today welcomed the signing of the heads of terms of the Tay Cities Deal, which is expected to bring a £700 million investment into Tayside and Angus and create 6,000 direct jobs in the area.

Included within the funding announcement are the International Barley Hub (IBH) and the Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) research and innovation projects which are set to receive £62m in total, making projects under the Securing our Food Production Capability the highest-funded part of the Deal.

James Hutton Institute wins VIBES climate change award

The James Hutton Institute has won a VIBES – Scottish Environment Business award in the Adaptation to Climate Change category, on account of the work of Hutton researchers in farm innovations to protect the environment, renewable energy projects and the International Barley Hub's efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of barley supplies in a changing climate.

Professor Lorna Dawson and Mrs Anne Pack honoured at investiture ceremonies

Professor Lorna Dawson, lead soil forensic scientist at the James Hutton Institute, advisor to the Scottish Government on strategic research and SEFARI Gateway lead for the environment, has received her CBE honour from HRH Queen Elizabeth II during an investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

First announced in the Birthday Honours list, Professor Dawson’s CBE was bestowed for services to soil and forensic science, covering three decades of managing and conducting research in soil and in particular its application within the criminal justice system.

Buntata mobile app profiled in first issue of Global Potato News

Hutton Android app Buntata has been featured in the first issue of Global Potato News, a newly launched international business-to-business magazine serving the entire potato industry from farm to fork.

Originally unveiled in 2017 and named after the Gaelic word for potato, Buntata allows for easy identification of potato pests and diseases and suggests further resources for growers to consult if they want to confirm the diagnosis.

Hutton research contributes to parliamentary report on agriculture trends

Researchers from the James Hutton Institute have contributed to a briefing produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) which outlines key drivers of global agricultural trends and the challenge of safeguarding both food production and environmental value in a changing world.

Professor Derek Stewart, Hutton agrifood sector lead and a contributor to the report, said: “These briefings are essential to keep the UK Parliament informed on topics central to our way of life. 

Researchers shine a light into the mechanisms of potato late blight infection

Scientists at the James Hutton Institute, in collaboration with colleagues of the University of Dundee, Huazhong Agricultural University, Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (both China) and Wageningen University (Netherlands), have shed further light into the mechanisms through which the potato blight pathogen interacts with plant cells to promote disease.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.